Turkish company Desiba Energy to construct 20 MW solar power plant for US$31.83m

GABON – The Gabonese State, through the ministry in charge of investment promotion, has signed a contract with the Turkish company Desiba Energy for the construction of a solar power plant with a capacity of 20 MW. Desiba intends to invest 27 million euros (US$31.83m) in the construction of its solar photovoltaic power plant. The Turkish company Desiba Energy has received the green light from the Gabonese government and now it has the necessary permits for the installation of its solar power plant in Mouila, in the province of Ngounié…

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Total Eren set to construct 50 MWp solar power plant in the capital of Gabon

GABON – Total Eren, a renewable energy independent power producer (IPP), has signed an agreement with the Gabonese authorities for the construction of a 50 MWp solar power plant near the capital Libreville, Gabon. Total Eren, which is 30% owned by the French oil company Total Energies, signed the preliminary agreement with Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze, Gabon’s Minister of Energy and Water Resources. The electricity will be fed into the grid of the Société d’énergie et de l’eau du Gabon (Seeg). The solar project should enable Gabon to diversify its…

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AfDB grants US$46.27m loan to Gabon for hydroelectric power project

GABON – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has granted €39 million (US$46.27m) loan for the implementation of the first independent producer of hydroelectric power project in Gabon. This is a loan of €20 million (US$23.73m) from the African Development Bank, €10 million (US$11.86m) from the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF) and concessional financing of €9 million (US$10.68m) from the Fund for Sustainable Energy in Africa (SEFA), a special multi-donor fund managed by the African Development Bank. Other donors, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the private…

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Oil & gas company Tullow Oil completes sale of its interest in Dussafu Marin to Panoro Energy

GABON – Tullow Oil, an Oil and gas company, has completed the sale of its 10% working interest in the Dussafu Marin permit asset in Gabon to Oslo-listed Panoro Energy. Tullow Oil announced that it had already received a payment of US$39 million for the Dussafu asset earlier in the day as well as a U$5 million contingent consideration relating to the Equatorial Guinea transaction. Following the completion, Panoro-Gabon holds a 17.4997% non-operated working interest in the Dussafu Marin permit. “We are extremely pleased to have completed the acquisition of…

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400 kW Ndjolé hybrid solar power plant to be commissioned in July

GABON – The Ndjolé hybrid solar power plant, with an expected capacity of 400 kW, is set to be commissioned in July 2021, according to the Gabonese Minister of Energy and Water, Alain Claude Bilié By Nze. The installation is being carried out by Ausar Energy, a subsidiary of the French group Engie. The plant, located in the province of Moyen-Ogooué in western Gabon, will increase the country’s installed capacity by 400 kW thanks to 1,445 solar panels and inverters installed to the millimetre on the basis of a GPS…

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Ecommerce startup Gozem expands its ride hailing services to Gabon

GABON – Gozem, a West African-based eCommerce startup which offers ride-hailing, logistics, food delivery, and fintech services, has launched in Gabon with a taxi-booking app. This is the first time Gozem will spread its operations outside West Africa. As it were, its focus is currently on Francophone African markets. Residents of Libreville, Gabon’s capital, can now access digital ride-hailing services on the Gozem app, as the service is not yet available outside the city. Gozem’s operations initially spanned only cities in the Republic of Benin and Togo — two West…

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Ogooué Labs secures US$456k from African Financial Company to support entrepreneurship

GABON – The African Financial Company (Cofina) has granted a fund of CFAF 250 million (US$456k) to Ogooué Labs, a coworking venue hosting and incubating startups looking for a space to get creative and innovative, to support entrepreneurship in Gabon. This funding aims to support the StartX 241 program initiated by the incubator aimed at small and very small businesses in their development phase, The objective of the program is to accelerate the industrial scale-up and distribution of startup products from French-speaking countries to new markets. This fund will enable…

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Vaalco Energy acquires Sasol’s 27.8% working interest in Etame Marin

GABON – Vaalco Energy, a company engaged in hydrocarbon exploration, has signed a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) to acquire Sasol Gabon S.A.’s (Sasol’s) 27.8% working interest in the Etame Marin block offshore Gabon. Since Vaalco currently owns and operates a 31.1% working interest in Etame, the transaction will almost double Vaalco’s total production and reserves. In addition, Vaalco is acquiring Sasol’s 40% non-operated participating interest in Block DE-8 offshore Gabon. The Company has agreed to total cash consideration for both properties of approximately US$44 million. The effective date of…

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BW Energy acquires two jack-up drilling rigs from Borr Drilling for US$14.5M

GABON – BW Energy, an exploration company, has announced the acquisition of jack-up drilling rigs, the 2003-built sister-units Atla and Balder from Borr Drilling for a total price of US$14.5 million. BW Energy has also concluded on an alternative development plan for the Hibiscus/Ruche satellite field in the Dussafu license offshore Gabon, utilising a converted jack-up rig to reduce investments and time to first oil. The seismic reprocessing carried out by BW Energy has indicated the potential for a substantial increase to the Greater Hibiscus oil-in-place volumes, making further developments…

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FGIS partners with French company Meridiam to construct hydroelectric power plant in Gabon

GABON – The Gabonese Strategic Investment Fund (FGIS) and Meridiam have signed a turnkey contract with Asonha Energie for the construction of the Kinguélé Aval dam and hydroelectric power plant in the Mbei region, Estuary province in Gabon. Asonha Energie has signed a turnkey contract one year after signing a public-private partnership (PPP) with the Gabonese government. The project is being developed by the Gabonese Strategic Investment Fund (FGIS) and Meridiam, a French company specialising in the development, financing and management of infrastructure projects. The consortium has set up the…

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